Ang Lee will be honoured with the Fellowship at the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2021 on Sunday 11 April on BBC One. The awards will honour multiple BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee with the Fellowship at the 74th EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 11 April.
Lee is one of the world’s foremost pioneering and revered contemporary filmmakers. His ground-breaking films are highly acclaimed spanning multiple genres throughout his producing, writing and directing career.
Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, and Helen Mirren. Kathleen Kennedy received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.
Lee first rose to prominence in the 1990s with his Taiwanese ‘Father Knows Best’ comedy trilogy consisting of ‘Pushing Hands’, ‘The Wedding Banquet’ and ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’, all of which he co-wrote, produced and directed.
The following year, his first English language film, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant received major accolades including his first BAFTA Film Award for Best Film.
In addition, his heartbreaking LGBTQ+ love story ‘Brokeback Mountain’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger struck a chord with critics and audiences alike and was a turning point for queer cinema breaking into the mainstream. The film garnered nine BAFTA nominations and won four: Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Actor in a Supporting Role. He also won Best Director at the Oscars®.
Taking about receiving the award, Lee commented, “England has been particularly good to me in my career, especially with Sense and Sensibility, which was like a second film school for me. It’s a tremendous honour to receive the Bafta Academy Fellowship and be counted among such brilliant filmmakers.”
This year, the EE BAFTA Film Awards will be celebrated across the weekend of 10 and 11 April. Two shows will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall. The first show, celebrating the craft of film, will be broadcast on Saturday 10 April on BBC Two. The show on Sunday 11 April will be broadcast on BBC One.